Don't remember where the reference photo for this painting was taken, perhaps heading down to the coast. All I know that scenes like this are becoming fewer and far between. There is so much development where I live and the rich farmland is paying the price.
Had the great pleasure of visiting with the subject of this painting this evening! Mr. Gunn was preparing the the Cowboy Camp Potatoes that were the national champions for several years. This painting was on display ever so briefly this week in the Texas Show at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, before it went to its new home!
Drop by the gallery this month to take in the wonderful art.......minus this painting.
The baby cardinals are out and joining their parents at the bird feeders, just a fluttering, too cute! Decided to revisit this photo reference and make it a vertical instead of a square and change up the background.
I am amazed that it has been about a month since I posted last. Have been working on a large watercolor painting and several more "Scenes from Above" pastels. Photos of those will be coming soon.
Drop by the Gallerie at Gruene and see this little painting in person!
As always, life gets in the way of my creating art more often than not. Yesterday morning I was determined to get into the studio and put some pastel on paper. The previous evening this beautiful sunset was on display. Having taken a picture to capture the beauty of the moment, this would be the subject of the painting. This was one of those rare occasions where the painting just sort of appeared on the paper without much effort. Love when that happens and never ever take that magic for granted.
Been waiting anxiously for this day to arrive. Back in January I entered this painting in the San Antonio Art League and Museum in their first on-line submission process. It was accepted and delivered for the juror to judge along with all accepted entries. The last time I had a winning entry I was notified the following week. When that didn't happen, I was still thrilled that it had been accepted at all and to add to the joy, the image was used on the announcement/postcard!
Much to my surprise I was notified that I had, in fact, won an award on March 14. So I have had to wait all this time to find out. Today was the day! The show opened and will run until May 26, at 130 King William, San Antonio.
I am humbled to win the Betty Rihn Keller Memorial Award. There are so many beautiful and varied pieces of art on display. Thank you to judge/juror, Michael Ettema, for choosing my entry as deserving an award.
Decided to take a few photos of the last of the blooming mountain laurels. They were so beautiful and smelled so wonderful this year. So as I positioned the camera. this visitor decided to just barge in. It didn't matter how close I got, he didn't budge. So enjoyed the opportunity that the serendipity of the moment provided. It is the little things that can bring the most joy sometimes.
This has been the most amazing month in so many ways regarding my art. It started off with a wonderful workshop with Margaret Dyer, taking me way out of my comfort zone with painting the figure from life. She was so inspiring. But then it continued that following Thursday when I learned that she had awarded me the first ever Britta Herzog Award for Creativity at the Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition!!
The blessings have continued these last 5 days with sales of my paintings both at the Gallerie at Gruene and online! All I can say is God is Good and I am blessed beyond measure.
We have deer in our yard ALL the time. They love our shrubs but they also love the bird seed. I have been wanting to paint this subject for awhile and since I was needing to replace a painting at the Gallerie, now was the time. This was so fun to create! When I took the reference photo, the deer had such a surprised, 'oh, I've been caught' look. Love it!
What a wonderful surprise to receive this honor this afternoon! Today was the awards program for the annual Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition. Fifty pieces of art were juried in by judge and juror, Margaret Dyer. So many fabulous pieces of art are on display.
The last award given was a new one to this venue, given in honor of Britta Herzog, a Charter member of the Austin Pastel Society. Britta was a vibrant member of the APS, who lost a tough battle with cancer. The membership wanted to honor her memory with an award for creativity at the show.
Unfortunately, I had few chances to really get know this special woman. But I am humbled to be the first recipient of this award in her honor.
The Austin Pastel Society Member Exhibition will be open to the public at the Corridor of Art, 700 Lavaca, Austin through April 30, Monday -.Friday. Hope you can get by to see it if you are in the area.
Never before have I seen one of these beauties! During our 20 degree days back in January, he came and sat at the empty feeder that was still hanging. (I know I am bad) Fortunately, I just happened to see him. Brought in the feeder and scrubbed it and another, and made fresh food. For the next 2 days I would change the feeders about every hour and a half because by that time it was starting to freeze. He hung around during the cold snap, left, then returned during the next cold spell. I have some cute pictures of him all puffed up sitting in the lemon tree.....so very cold!
The Lord sure blessed the world with some beautiful creatures!
The latest off the easel! Man, am I ready for some spring weather!!! So tired of this gray, drizzle that it inspired me to paint one of my sweet little fawns from last year. A little wishful thinking on my part.
It will be here sooner than you might think. The does are plumping out with the new crop to come...can't wait. They are just so sweet and cute, even if they do eat the shrubs.
This painting will be hanging in the Gallerie at Gruene. Drop by and check it out in person!!
Update! When hanging this at the Gallerie, a fellow artist (male) said Precious was too foofoo a name! So Precious became Naptime, and currently resides in Rogers, Arkansas!!!
I have been working on a large watercolor for a week or two. I had forgotten just how slow I am with the watercolor process. It is taking forever......at least it seems that way to me. So, to see if I could even remember how......I decided to paint a sunset in pastel.
Do not remember when the reference photo was taken, but I love the contrast of dark blue against the orange.
My bad......I thought that I had already posted this painting. As it turns out I had not even saved a photo on my computer! Painting the grandeur of the sky can be a humbling experience. The majesty of the clouds and lovely colors are exquisite.
The super, blue, blood moon occurs in the morning. Sure wish I could get myself up in time to see it, but then I would need to drive a ways in order to see it. Love the trees here, but they do hinder the view of beautiful skies.
A surprise Christmas gift for my son. His fiance', yearly, makes a trip to Guatamala with a group of fellow medical staff to give their time/services to treat conditions (birth defects) of children. This year was no different. I could not help myself, I was so touched by the photo of her recovering this child, I had to paint it.
Excited that I have an opportunity to compete for the New Braunfels Art League Artist of the Year. Eligibility depended upon winning a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award in one of the monthly shows of 2017. Participants are required to display 3 paintings as a body of work to be judged for the honor of Artist of the Year.
I created a new series for the competition entitled Scenes from Above. The painting above is one of my 3 entries and was used on the poster. As you can see, it is a different view point!
Hope you can at least drop by to see the show during the month, if you are unable to be there for the award ceremony!
Pleased that now I can reveal this Christmas commission of Gracy. She was really fun to paint, those sparkling eyes! This was the first painting where I had to paint a tongue head on....somewhat tricky. But as always a great learning experience.
Hope you had a Blessed Christmas and looking forward to a wonderful New Year!
This was the scene that greeted me a month or so ago while walking my dog. It was just so gorgeous and I did my best to recreate it. There is this thing called, artistic license, and I took liberties to adjust my painting. You see, the entire lower right side of the scene was a paved road. Now that just wasn't very conducive to a lovely painting. I must have done ok because it found a new home today. Being in the Gallerie at Gruene these past months has been a great blessing!
Hopefully, everyone I have addresses for have received their Christmas card this year! If not, spoiler alert!!!! Been painting my Christmas cards for a number of years, but this is the second year for a Santa. My husband decided this was the one he preferred and wouldn't you know, his sister said he did indeed looks like a Naughty Santa with my husbands eyes!!!!! No wonder he liked this pose!
With all the turmoil in the world, I am praying for God's Peace and Love for All!
There is never a shortage of subject matter when one paints the sky. If it isn't painting worthy, just wait awhile and all that will change. Texas sunsets are often breath taking! So fortunate to live here.
Last week I had every intention of trying to paint a painting every day in November as many painters have been doing for several years..... 30 in 30 Painting Challenge. This was the first painting. This cat was so trying to scratch just that perfect place! Very fortunate to catch him in this perfect post.
Oh, the 30 in 30....isn't going to happen for me. I did paint 3 in 3 the first days of November! The third one is a gift to a special person and will not be revealed till the first of the year. Then, I did not paint again until this morning..... it will be revealed soon!
Couldn't watch the Stros last night, get just too nervous when I want a team to win so badly! So I spent the time painting.
This painting was on my heart. My heart breaks at the lack of respect being shown to our flag, country, servicemen/women by those who take their freedoms for granted. Freedoms that came from others willing to step up and serve this great nation.
The eagle is a resident of Long Lake in Wisconsin. We visited friends there several years ago. Juveniles and this adult eagle were in the treetops........so very majestic!